How much calcium should a person be taking?

Here’s the scoop on how much calcium you should be taking, based on your age and situation:

  • For babies 0 to 6 months old, aim for about 200 mg of calcium.
  • From 7 to 12 months, bump it up to around 260 mg.
  • Kids aged 4 to 8 years should get about 1000 mg.
  • For those aged 9 to 18 years, shoot for 1300 mg.
  • Adults aged 19 to 50 years old, stick with 1000 mg.
  • Once you hit 51, it’s 1000 mg for guys and 1200 mg for ladies.
  • Seniors 71 and above, go for that 1200 mg mark.

Now, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might need a bit more—somewhere between 1000 to 1300 mg depending on your age.

Keep in mind, certain situations might call for extra calcium. For example, if you’re going through menopause, have anorexia nervosa, do a ton of exercise, can’t handle lactose, or follow a vegan diet, your doc might suggest upping your calcium intake even more.

Always a good idea to chat with your doctor about your specific needs!